We, the parishioners of St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy Parish, are a multi-cultural, inclusive community which assembles to worship in the Austin and Oak Park area. We seek to mirror Christ by accepting all into our family. We are unified through our belief in the sacredness of all creation, our Christian faith, and our Catholic perspective.
Our parish community exists to celebrate God's saving presence in Word and Sacrament, and to proclaim the Good News in lives rooted in discipleship and service. Through living the Gospel, we strengthen faith, hope, and love in one another, extending Christ's love to all.
We are called to gather often as an inclusive worship community through which the individual members of the parish deepen their relationship with God. We will maintain a support system within the parish, demonstrating a sincere concern for all. We will also collaborate with the broader community in all of its religious and social diversity. We affirm our belief that the Spirit of our Creator is among all people, and that this Spirit strengthens us in the truth, in our hope for justice, and our love for one another.
The Life We Share
St. Catherine of Siena Parish was founded in 1889, and was the first Catholic parish established in Oak Park. In 1974, St. Catherine of Siena was merged with St. Lucy Parish of the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's West Side (which had been founded in 1911), forming the renamed St. Catherine of Siena – St. Lucy Parish.
We, the parishioners of St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy Parish, seek to deepen our relationship with God and to celebrate God's presence in Word and Sacrament.
By accepting all into our family, we seek unity in Christ and seek to proclaim His Good News in the Discipleship of our lives.
The parish has approximately 500 member households, blending the city and suburbs, drawing from the west side neighborhoods of Chicago, Oak Park, River Forest, and beyond.
St. Catherine-St. Lucy is known for its diversity and welcoming parishioners from different backgrounds, including different ethnicities, socioeconomic levels, and sexual orientations, among other characteristics. For example, many people with mental disabilities are present in the congregation and some participate in the Mass as altar servers or lectors. An African-American Heritage Celebration is an annual event each February.
The parish includes St. Catherine-St. Lucy School, which educates children from kindergarten through eighth grade. The school is supported in part by the Big Shoulders Fund.
Worship and Special Services
- Sacrament of Reconciliation
Anyone wishing to receive the Sacrament may do so by calling the rectory to make an appointment with a priest.
Please contact a priest to set a wedding date. Allow at least six months for sacramental preparation.
We rejoice as you receive a child into your life. Baptism is celebrated at scheduled Sunday masses, or at some time convenient to family needs. Parents must first attend a preparation meeting prior to the Baptism (meetings held the 1st Monday of each month). Please call the rectory to arrange for the Baptism and to be scheduled for the preparation meeting.
- Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The process assists adults as well as children over the age of 7 in learning about the Catholic faith and to prepare to enter into the Catholic Church. The RCIA is a sacramental process celebrated in the midst of the faith community. Please call the rectory to inquire.
- Ministry to the Sick, Hospitalized, and Homebound
Please notify the rectory office to arrange for a visit for yourself or for a loved one.
Fr. George Omwando
Fr. John Carolan
Sr. Marion Cypser, RSM
Sharon Leamy 708-386-5286
Parish Leadership and Organization
The Parish Pastoral Staff
The parish pastoral Staff is responsible for the overall direction of the parish in its many dimensions. In collaboration with the pastor, the staff develops long and short term programs which contribute to the spiritual enrichment of the parish family. At the center of the parish is the Eucharist and the liturgical life. This Eucharistic vision inspires and guides the staff concerning the spiritual and material well-being of the Catholic faith community.
The Parish Pastoral Council
The Parish Pastoral Council is a consultative body whose primary purpose is the establishing and planning of parish goals while working toward a whole parish vision. Its four basic responsibilities are:
- To search out the needs, ideas, and hopes of the parish;
- To encourage and support existing ministries within the parish and to promote additional ministries that address the developing needs of our parish;
- To evaluate the quality of our parish community;
- To plan for the future of our parish.
The Parish Finance Council
The Finance Council aids the pastor in his administrative responsibilities and is concerned with parish resources, fund raising, development, and budget planning.→ Learn More About: Stewardship and Giving
Commissions are a vehicle of organization to coordinate the ministry of our parish. There are five commissions:
- Spiritual Life Commission
- Human Concerns Commission
- Education Commission
- Parish Life Commission
- Parish Development & Services Commission